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Kilkenny Enjoy Success in the Wall Ball Nationals

posted 7 Jul 2017, 09:40 by Martin Lalor

There was plenty of local interest in the Irish Wall Ball championships in Breaffy House, Mayo at the weekend. In the Open grades, Peter Funchion was defeated by Johnny Woods (Tyrone), and in the Ladies competition, Ciara Mahon (Clogh) reached the semi-final where she lost to defending champion, Lorraine Havern from Down. However, it was in the juvenile grades where Kilkenny players showed their considerable skills when winning three of the four main boys titles on offer.

The first success of the day was in Boys 13 and under when Kyle Jordan (Kilfane) came from behind to defeat Mikey Kelly (Galway) by two aces, 15-13, in a thrilling contest. Next up was a wonderful display from Billy Drennan (Galmoy) in the Boys 15 and under grade. Playing Josh Kavanagh from Wexford, the young Galmoy player started in a whirlwind with 14 aces in his first service. This set him up for a comprehensive 31-1 victory, producing top class handball on the way. To complete a good day for Kilkenny, Eoin Brennan (Kells) continued his fine form this year with 19-11 win against Michael Egan from Roscommon in the Boys 17 and under competition. There was also a winner of the Boys 13 and under B title with Harry Delaney (Kells) claiming the hounours from a very competitive field.

Other results from the Nationals include a semi-final defeat for Jack Doyle (Windgap) in Boys 15 and under, with another player from the Southern club, Emer Barron reaching the semi-final of the Girls 13 and under grade, and Dan Breen (Kells)  winning the Mens B plate.



In the Leinster Intermediate Singles championship, there was mixed results for Kells brothers, Patrick and Peter Funchion. In his match with Ian Griffin from Dublin, Peter received a walkover, while in Patrick’s tie with Daniel Kavanagh from Wexford, Patrick took the first set 21-16 but failed to prevent the Slaneysider from winning the next two games 21-18, 21-13 to exit this year’s championship.

Hal Clarke

The Hal Clarke tournament in Kilfane has reached the final stage and it will be a family affair as local brothers, Noel and Willie Holden will battle it out for the title. Starting from a field of sixteen, Noel and Willie have come through the group stages and in their semi-final matches they defeated John O’Neill (Goresbridge) and John Morrissey (O’Loughlins), respectively.